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*WCU Summer in Ghana: Contemporary African Society in Accra, Ghana
Accra, Ghana (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options:
Other (see "accommodations" section below for details)
Area of Study: Cultural Studies, History, Physical Geography, Politcal Science, Sociology Program Type: WCU Faculty/Staff-Led Program Abroad
Credit Type: Direct WCU Credit
Available to Non-WCU Students:
Faculty/Staff Director: Aliza Richman
Program Description:
Come explore the sights, sounds, and tastes of Ghana while earning WCU credit. Ghana is a country of great culture, history, democratic stability, and geography, which will be the focus of this faculty-led study abroad experience. Situated in Africa, north of the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean, Ghana's coastline hosts sandy beaches as well as historical presence. The University of Ghana in Legon will be our home base while studying and residing, immersing ourselves among Ghanaian faculty and students. Throughout the course, we will travel the country, experiencing first-hand many of the topics covered in our lectures and discussions. A sampling of destinations include: Cape Coast and Elmina Castles - ports of exit for the transatlantic slave trade; Kakum - rainforest and canopy walk; Kumasi - home of the Ashanti people and Ashanti Chief's palace; Bonwire - a village home of the colorful kente cloth; Lake Bosomtwe - the largest lake in Ghana; among other destinations. Come for the experience of a lifetime made possible by the generous hospitality and friendliness of the Ghanaian people!
Our home base for this study abroad experience will be the University of Ghana (UG). As Ghana's premier university, UG offers a vibrant campus, institutional rigor, and a diverse population of more than 30,000 students. UG is located in greater Accra, the capitol city of Ghana. Accra offers a variety of experiences ranging from a mixture of shops and larger shopping malls, beaches, restaurants featuring local and international cuisines, and historical landmarks.
Students will stay in the International Student Hostel (ISH), a centrally-located dormitory on University of Ghana's campus. ISH is home to most international students visiting UG, presenting students with a great opportunity to expand their social network and friendships beyond our program. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to connect with Ghanaian students as some are housed on each floor to increase cultural immersion. Students may choose an individual or shared room. While traveling throughout the country, students will stay in hotels, hand selected by the University of Ghana's International Programmes Office.
The official language of Ghana is English and all course instruction will be in English. Students will also be exposed to several local languages and dialects spoken in Ghana, including Twi and Ga but no prior language experience is required.

Undergraduate students will earn 3 sociology elective credits by enrolling in SOC 491: Contemporary African Society. This course requires no prerequisites, as this program is open to students of all majors and academic years.
  • Accra: National Museum of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park & Mausoleum, Independence Square, Makola.
  • Cape Coast: Cape Coast Castle, Elmina Castle, Kakum Rainforest Canopy Walk.
  • Kumasi: Kumasi Fort and Military Museum, Lake Bosomtwe, Kente town of Bonwire.
  • Eastern Region: Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary, Akosombo Dam.
In addition to the regular WCU tuition rates for the 3 credit hour course, all students will pay a program fee of $1,530 to WCU which covers all lodging (ISH and hotels), excursions, activity fees, in-country transportation, and administrative fees. All students will also be billed the non-refundable $100 study abroad application fee upon applying to the program and will be required to purchase WCU's mandatory international insurance upon acceptance to the program (estimated $52).

Not included in the program fee and costs listed above are the round-trip airfare to Ghana (estimated $1,800), visa fees ($60), and meals (estimated $1,010). The meal estimate is priced at the high end, assuming students dine exclusively on a western diet while abroad. Students wishing to explore local cuisine can significantly reduce their food budget and out-of-pocket expenses.
Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships and grants to assist with funding this study abroad experience. Students should consult with their college as well as the scholarships section of the Center for International Programs website for more information regarding relevant travel awards.
Dr. Aliza Richman

This program is currently not accepting applications.